Developing a Learning Analytics Tool to Empower Teachers to Conduct Analysis of Learners Online Behavior
Dr Christine Armatas,* Ada Tse, & Chun Sang Chan, Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and Bruce Li, School of Accounting and Finance, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
A tool for conducting analysis of students’ learning management system (LMS) behavior shows promise for putting powerful learning analytics (LA) capabilities into the hands of front-line teachers. The combination of advanced analyses and visualisations with explanations to aid interpretation and guide action provides teachers with LA capabilities not previously available. Teachers can use the tool as an early warning system, to predict student performance and to analyse discussion posting information. While teachers’ feedback on the tool is positive, this initiative has highlighted remaining challenges, which include ensuring that data is available for analysis and user perceptions of the tool and its usefulness.
Keywords: learning management systems, Excel tool, learning analytics, teacher development